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Taiwan introduces innovative devices and assistive technology for seniors’ health care

Taiwan Excellence launched recently its Smart Medical Products that are focused on the aging society.

Presented during the launch were four brands awarded for their innovative products. These are Gigantex’s carbon fiber wheelchair, Merits’ foldable power wheelchair, iXensor’s point-of-care testing solution, and Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter.

As the quality of medical technology improved around the world, the average age of human beings is rising.

According to a 2019 United Nations report on world population aging, there were more than 703 million people aged over 65. Over the next three decades, this is seen to double to more than 1.5 billion people in 2050.

This trend has been noted in an increasing number of countries and efforts have been made in coming up with long-term care policies and facilities. Demand for elderly care products, such as assistive technologies and home care service, is also projected to skyrocket.

Since 2014, Taiwan has ranked as the second largest exporter of assistive devices, where the output value of assistive devices in Taiwan has reached $930 million. Of these, mobility assistance has the largest output value that reached $354 million, or 38% of the total in 2019.

(From left) Steve Lee, General Manager, Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd. ; Donna Hsia, Sales manager, Leadtek Research Inc. ; Denny Liu, VP of Sales, iXensor Co., Ltd.;; Efy Cheng, Sales Manager, Merits Health Products Co., Ltd.; Vivian Chen, Manager, IEP Healthcare Section of Strategic Marketing Department, TAITRA

The four Taiwan Excellence Award brands mentioned—Gigantex Composite Technologies Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., iXensor Co., Ltd., and Leadtek Research Inc.— all demonstrated their excellence in the long-term care area with the launch of their trusted healthcare products.

Taiwanese companies remain committed to designing new products with reduced product weight to create a more convenient wheelchair.

Gigantex focused on carbon fiber and designed a one-piece and super-light wheelchair. Their carbon fiber wheelchair, MF012, is designed with an “H” shape that allows the user to fold it in seconds, and is considered as one of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the market. Merits’ P113 YOYO foldable power wheelchair is for users who need to rely on power wheelchairs for indoor, home and short trips. Not only is it lightweight and foldable, it’s also equipped with a detachable battery box. These features allow users to carry a wheelchair on different kinds of transport vehicles.

Homecare service is also essential for seniors to understand and control body conditions. Some of these innovative devices are now even able to become useful tools for detecting COVID-19.

iXensor’s portable and efficient device not only provides telehealth services, but also makes significant improvements in community care and rural health care. The PixoTest® POCT system shows results in only three minutes. Now, iXensor aims to aid in the early detection of the virus and is undergoing the necessary testing. Leadtek’s wireless fingertip oximeter, on the other hand, is a very convenient all-in-one device that measures oxygen saturation and pulse rate. The device comes with a full-colored OLED display and its battery can last more than 18 hours. Low blood oxygen is said to be a possible factor in COVID-19 suspects, and the oximeter allows people to do a preliminary test at home.

All of these innovative and reliable products provide better care for users and enable long-term care facilities to save time, costs and improve services. Taiwanese companies are also confident in providing the best possible care for global users as the older age group grows.

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